Ontario reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases and 73 more deaths

Jan 30 2021, 3:30 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,063 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning, a slight raise from the 1,837 reported on Friday.

On Thursday, health officials released updated COVID-19 modelling data which showed that cases are declining with the overall trend going downwards.

Today’s cases are lower than Thursday’s 2,093, but higher than Wednesday’s 1,670, which was the lowest case count in over two months.

Tuesday and Monday saw cases drop below 2,000, with 1,740, and 1,958, respectively.

Last week, cases hovered around the mid-2000’s, with Sunday’s 2,417, Saturday’s 2,359, Friday’s 2,622, Thursday’s 2,632, Wednesday’s 2,655, Tuesday’s 1,913, and Monday’s 2,578.

The province is also reporting 73 additional deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 713 are in Toronto, 379 are in Peel, and 178 are in York Region.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 59,600 tests were completed.

She added, “As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 336,828 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.”

There are now 51 confirmed cases of the UK COVID-19 variant in Ontario. The fast-spreading virus mutation was first detected in a couple from Durham Region.

Health officials have called the fast-spreading variant a “significant threat,” and noted that it may impact Ontario’s lockdown measures.

There is no evidence to suggest that approved vaccines will be any less effective against the newfound variants.

On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that major Canadian airlines, including WestJet and Air Canada, would be cancelling service to Mexico and the Caribbean until the end of April.

The Prime Minister also said that mandatory COVID-19 testing would be implemented at Toronto’s Pearson Airport. While international travellers await the results of their test they will need to quarantine at an approved hotel at their own expense.

A second State of Emergency was announced by Premier Doug Ford, who also issued a Stay at Home order, effective January 14. This means everyone must stay home and only go out for essential trips, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing healthcare services, exercising, or essential work.

To date, Ontario has seen 266,363 COVID-19 cases and 6,145 virus-related deaths.

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